Check Out the Hand-Stitching Wonder of Jenny Hart

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Here is Harts portrait of Marianne Faithful (2005) stitched on cotton.
Here is a note card made from one of Jenny Hart’s original kits.
Here is Harts portrait of Marianne Faithful (2005) stitched on cotton.

Here is Hart's portrait of Marianne Faithful (2005) stitched on cotton.

Photo: Courtesy of The Arts Center

Recently, on one of my epic Web surfing expeditions, I came across the wonderful work of Jenny Hart. I loved the wit and style of her embroidery, so I wanted to find out more about this unique hand-stitch artist. Here’s the skinny: Jenny didn’t start stitching until 2000! I would have thought she grew up embroidering, but it was the drawing and art lessons that Jenny took at the age of five that started her on the path of creativity. Her incredible hand embroidery is definitely not your grandmother’s style (not that there’s is anything wrong with Grandma’s style—I have many treasured heirlooms featuring Grandma’s gorgeous handwork).

Hart draws the designs and does all of the hand embroidery on her stylized portraits. The FAQ section of her Web site reveals that it can take hundreds of very time-consuming stitches to make up a single line of embroidery. Each work is one-of-a-kind, and many are for sale. She has been commissioned to do hand embroidery for magazines such as Nylon and has been featured in magazines such as Lucky, W, Country Living and many more. In addition to creating thought-provoking portraits, she started Sublime Stitching that's home to the hand-stitching kits that she designs as well as a collection of books and other good stuff. I love her original kits, especially the note cards. There are hand-stitching projects for even the newest hand-stitchers.

If you'll be in St.Petersburg, Florida, between May 23 and August 16, you can see Jenny’s embroidery up close at The Arts Center in a new exhibition—"Practical to Poetic,"—A Fiber Invitational that runs from May 23 to August 16. This exhibition features artists who take traditional crafts to new and exciting heights. Jenny Hart’s embroidery on display features kitschy portraits of Americana. The other two featured artists in the exhibit are Tamar Stone, who creates unique books by embroidering women’s stories onto corsets and bed linen, and Agata Olek Oleksiak, who crochets interactive site-specific installations. Visit the Art Center’s Web site for more information.

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